The Pre-Writing Process: A Day in the life of a Freelancer

The Pre-Writing Process: A Day in the life of a Freelancer

DSC00716It’s amazing how much work goes on even before the pen hits the page. This morning I spent an hour scheduling interviews and communicating with various collaborators. Then came the interview prep and research. Then the actual interviews. Two today: one with a designer and one with a composer. After that, I’ll transcribe both and then locate which quotes to pull or information to use.

Once all of…

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Fall is Here. Watch out, NaNoWriMo!

Fall is Here. Watch out, NaNoWriMo!

There’s something enormously refreshing about fall–yes, I live in CA, I’m keenly aware that we don’t really get fall–but the air gets a crisp edge, gourds and pumpkins arrive in markets, and I get to make as much tea as I want, whenever I want. It’s nostalgic and cozy. Plus, sweaters!

On top of all that, I love the surge of energy that November brings to the entire writing community. We unite for…

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“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
― Albert Einstein

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
― G.K. Chesterton

“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf.”
― Alfred Hitchcock

“Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life.”
― Friedrich von Schiller

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Unrelenting Focus: I can’t rest till I’m done!

I’ve realized that I’m a one-project-at-a-time girl. My husband laughs at me when I forget to  pick up groceries or shop for clothes, because I like to get from point A to point B without interruptions. Point C isn’t generally on my radar, so I ignore it until it’s important enough to become a point B.

When this comes to writing, I stick with one main project. I keep telling myself to work on the…

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Write what you know? ….please

I’ve disliked this phrase for a long time. But instead of tossing it away with the rubbish, this week I explored deeper. I delved into its meaning, finding its benefits but also finding precisely what it lacks:

"Creative Foundations: The Controversy of Writing What You Know"

‘Write what you know’ is a hackneyed maxim. When people learn that I’m a writer, they grasp onto the one thing they know about writing. They ask, ‘write what you know’—that’s a thing, right? And I tell them yes. Kind of….READ MORE

"Creative Foundations: Multi-Media Inspiration"

Writers don’t need to go into the world to tell their stories, do they? Just as artists are stereotyped as mentally imbalanced—Van Gogh’s ear comes up in that conversation a lot—writers are stereotyped as recluses. We type away at our desks…..READ MORE

What has your experience been with this overused advice? Has it helped you or limited you? 

as-seenon-tv:

tastefullyoffensive:

Artist Chris McMahon buys other people’s landscape paintings at thrift stores and puts monsters in them.

Previously: Artist Repaints His Own Childhood Drawings

All he did was make them better

Just in case you didn’t know…I love writing

Just in case you didn’t know…I love writing

I have had a lot of fun the past few weeks, and I’m working on lots of projects:

  1. Writing a new book. Non-fiction. I’ll update you on that when the time is right :)
  2. Now working with editors in the lifestyle and food groups of my company, so learning the ropes over there and loving it
  3. Joined Twitter so that @storyforgers fans could ask me questions directly at @sarahlyoon
  4. Still working on StoryForge

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Boredom is Surprisingly Useful…

Boredom is Surprisingly Useful…

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There’s no denying it. We are dorks ;)

I went on vacation last week to the Sierras. It was a long week of everything and nothing. I ate good food, took hikes, smelled wildflowers, and watched a hottie fisherman (my husband) catch huge rainbow trout. We played games, watched squirrels, and spent a few hours in a local sports bar to watch the world cup final. We then mourned for Argentina.

I can’t…

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Trust and Expectations: Writing Group Essentials for a Manuscript Swap

Trust and Expectations: Writing Group Essentials for a Manuscript Swap

DSC00663On July 1st, my writing girls came over and we swapped manuscripts. My 88k went to Jen, Liz’s 85k went to me, and Jen’s 27k went to both of us. Jen has been waiting to read the ending of my novel for about five years–so it’s about time!

One of the best attributes of a solid writing group is trust. We are vulnerable with each other in sharing plot points, story ideas, and raw drafts. Each group…

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